upholder

uphold

[uhp-hohld]
verb (used with object), upheld, upholding.
1.
to support or defend, as against opposition or criticism: He fought the duel to uphold his family's honor.
2.
to keep up or keep from sinking; support: Stout columns upheld the building's heavy roof. Her faith upheld her in that time of sadness.
3.
to lift upward; raise: The pilgrims upheld their eyes and thanked heaven for their safe journey.
4.
British.
a.
to upholster.
b.
to maintain in good condition; take care of.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English up holden. See up-, hold

upholder, noun


1. See support.
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uphold (ʌpˈhəʊld)
 
vb , -holds, -holding, -held
1.  to maintain, affirm, or defend against opposition or challenge
2.  to give moral support or inspiration to
3.  rare to support physically
4.  to lift up
 
up'holder
 
n

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uphold
early 13c., "support, sustain," from up + hold (v.). Cf. O.Fris. upholda, M.Du. ophouden, Ger. aufhalten.
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